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Cumbria LEP is here to help to develop your business, whether you’re looking to grow, become more resilient or are ready to explore new markets.

Our expert advisers can help you to navigate the variety of support available and ensure that you’re connected with the right solution for your business.

Our aim is to help businesses like yours to innovate, be more creative, resilient and adaptable, and to find new ways of accelerating growth, from increased domestic sales through to exporting goods and services across international boundaries.

Contact our team of specialist advisers to start your free business diagnostic and to connect you to the right support to realise your growth potential.

Freephone: 0800 069 6444


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Cumbria Accelerator

Fully-funded business support sessions for Cumbrian businesses

Our Cumbria Accelerator project delivers FREE support sessions to Cumbrian businesses of any size, working in any sector.

Expert advice delivered by our advisers covers a wide range of areas, from help with finance and innovation to sales and marketing support, or assistance with adopting new technologies.

Seeking advice is a great way to invest in your business. Break through barriers and unlock your business's full potential with the help of one of our advisers, who will work directly with you to understand the challenges and opportunities.

The organisations working with Cumbria LEP to deliver the Cumbria Accelerator programme are:

  • AJ Lakes Consultancy and Training
  • Thomas Jardine & Co
  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  • Phil Collier Associates
  • The Hospitality Counsellor
  • The Farmer Network
  • The Growing Club

Contact Cumbria LEP’s Head of Programmes Paul Foster to begin your Cumbria Accelerator journey at


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Case Studies

Melissa Newton from MN Consulting.

Melissa Newton (MN Consulting)

Seeking FREE advice from Cumbria Accelerator helped Melissa Newton from MN Consulting move her business on.

Originally from Manchester, Melissa moved to the Lake District in 2002 to find a better work/life balance away from the city. She set up MN Consulting after 20+ years working as a marketing manager.

“My Business MOT with Phil Collier Associates was great. Through that I gained some excellent advice on moving my business forward and growing it. We looked at staffing, and apprenticeships, and I was pointed in the direction of someone who could help with technical support for my business systems.”

Case Studies

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Shane Borg (Borg Woodwork Designs Ltd.)

A problem shared is a problem halved. Cumbria Accelerator is providing FREE advice sessions to the county’s businesses, helping them overcome barriers or reach their full potential. It’s something that’s helped Shane Borg, from Borg Woodwork Designs Ltd.

From the age of 14 Shane has been making furniture. He now owns and manages Borg Woodwork Designs LTD working on bespoke commissions.

“Getting advice through the CLEP business support programme created a roadmap for my business. Peter from CBASS helped me with define my future objectives, and provided tailored guidance that has set me on a well-informed path towards success.”

Case Studies

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Chloe Luper (Social Soda Ltd.)

Need an objective perspective on your business challenges? We’re offering free support sessions for Cumbrian businesses, large or small. Whether you want help with your finances or support with sales and marketing, we can provide it. We’ve already helped hundreds of businesses, like Chloe Luper’s of Social Soda Ltd.

“I approached Peter at CBASS through the CLEP Business Support programme. I wanted help with our current business growth challenges and developing a strategy for managing the company going forward and achieving our goals. Peter was able to look at every element of our business, ask the right questions and his advice has been invaluable”.

Chloe is a PR and social media specialist and has worked for Unilever, QVC, General Motors, Playboy and Estee Lauder.

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